FLORENCE, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Thousands of people are expected to flock to Florence as the Country Thunder Music Festival kicks off Thursday, April 5.
Security teams hired by festival organizers are teaming up with the Pinal County Sheriff's Office to make sure everyone stays safe.
Safety and security at large-scale events are top of mind following the mass shooting at the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas on Oct. 1.
This year new security measures are in place at Country Thunder, including a clear bag policy. People can only bring items in clear bags of an approved size. Small purses are allowed as well.
Scott Elliott, head of security for the festival, says security officers and sheriff's deputies will be on the grounds at all hours.
"In the world today it's always a priority, especially in our company. We do everything we can. We put a lot of people into a small space so it has to be Priority 1 to make sure you know everyone enjoys their time here," he said.
People will be screened at the gates, however, the sheriff's office says it's impossible to check all the campers outside the gates. That's why they're encouraging event-goers to report any suspicious activity.
Some of the performers include Toby Keith, Luke Bryan and Jason Aldean, who was on stage in Las Vegas when shooting started. To see the full Country Thunder lineup, click HERE.
To see what items are and aren't allowed, click HERE.